Naive beliefs in "sophisticated" subjects: misconceptions about trajectories of objects

Alfonso Caramazza, Michael McCloskey, Bert Green

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University students were asked to solve simple problems about the trajectories of falling objects. A majority of the students revealed a variety of misconceptions about motion. However, the few basic patterns of responses produced by the subjects suggest considerable commonality in the types of naive physical "laws" people develop on the basis of everyday experience with the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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